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Periodic orbits in the Kepler-Heisenberg problem

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  • One can formulate the classical Kepler problem on the Heisenberg group, the simplest sub-Riemannian manifold. We take the sub-Riemannian Hamiltonian as our kinetic energy, and our potential is the fundamental solution to the Heisenberg sub-Laplacian. The resulting dynamical system is known to contain a fundamental integrable subsystem. Here we use variational methods to prove that the Kepler-Heisenberg system admits periodic orbits with $k$-fold rotational symmetry for any odd integer $k\geq 3$. Approximations are shown for $k=3$.
    Mathematics Subject Classification: 53C17, 37N05, 37J45, 70H12, 70H06.


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